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London - When Theresa May arrives at the White House on Friday, her visit risks being overshadowed by another meeting that won’t be taking place.

The British prime minister is planning to pitch a free-trade deal to President Donald Trump while Mexican leader Enrique Pena Nieto pulled out of talks on his own country’s trading terms with the US as the reality of a new era of protection for American workers sinks in.

If the escalating row with Mexico wasn’t sufficient warning to May of the hazards of the negotiations ahead, Trump set out his vision for a more assertive US approach to trading relationships at an event for Congressional Republicans in Philadelphia where both spoke on Thursday night.

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